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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- President Donald Trump announced the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The U.S. Army nominated and are funding 12 of the winners.

The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who pursue innovative science and technology discovery and engage in scientific leadership, education or community outreach.

The value of each award averages $1 million over five years.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies.

The 12 projects funded by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, through its Army Research Office, include:

• Dr. Dhruv Batra, Georgia Institute of Technology, who is addressing fundamental and challenging problems in machine learning, computer vision, and artificial intelligence.

• Dr. Steven Brunton, University of Washington, who is combining techniques in dimensionality reduction, sparse sensing, and machine learning for control of complex dynamical systems, including to describe the physics of turbulence.

• Dr. Joseph Checkelsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is seeking to discover new topological electronic phases of matter that could provide opportunities for advanced sensors and electronics with greatly reduced power requirements.

• Dr. Phillip Christopher, University of California, Riverside, who is working to develop technologies that use solar energy to convert abundant resources such as carbon dioxide, hydrogen and biomass to fuels or electrical power.

• Dr. Domenic Forte, University of Florida whose research on design and use of computing systems could track electronic systems throughout their lifetime and protect them from theft, unauthorized use and tampering in transit and in the field.

• Dr. Jinglin Fu, Rutgers University-Camden, who is studying designer cell-like compartments that could lead to new diagnostic devices or ways of generating bioenergy.

• Dr. Percy Liang, Stanford University, who is developing ways to allow machine learning and natural language processing to answer deep, open-ended questions of data.

• Dr. Jenny Suckale, Stanford University, who is studying new approaches to modeling transitions among solid, liquid and gas states that could be vital for natural disaster prediction and mitigation as well as terrain maneuverability.

• Dr. Jeff Thompson, Princeton University, who is exploring novel approaches to characterizing the states and dynamics of large scale quantum systems.

• Dr. Katharine Tibbetts, Virginia Commonwealth University, who is studying the decomposition in energetic molecules that leads to explosions.

• Dr. Gordon Wetzstein, Stanford University, who is and developing novel computational imaging and display systems.

• Dr. Yuji Zhao, Arizona State University, who is advancing basic knowledge in III-nitride photonics that could enable the fabrication of III-nitride optical devices such as lasers and waveguides.


The CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more effective to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers